Le Nozze di Figaro

  • 2010/2011 Season
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro
    Opera in 4 Acts
    Sung in Italian with Japanese Supertitles



No discussion of opera would be complete without mention of the wunderkind, Mozart, and his best works. This production premiered in 2003 as the first under new Artistic Director Thomas Novohradsky. The singers were clad in monotone costumes on a pure white stage strewn with cardboard boxes. The concept behind Andreas Homoki's production was the collapse of order, and it focuses on the universal problems of mankind, as opposed to the specific historical relationships within the work as had Mozart. As the drama unfolds, this ahistorical stage space is gradually broken down, the singers lose the costuming that would indicate differences in social status, and a pure humanity stripped of societal conventions is vividly portrayed. This highly polished ensemble production places a strong emphasis on nuanced acting and caused quite a buzz, as the work was recognized as one that not only opera fans but also theater fans could enjoy.